Just out from the Nationals

The Washington Nationals today acquired left-handed pitcher Victor Garate off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.
Garate has been one of the most effective relievers in the Double-A Southern League this season, posting a 2.04 ERA (12 ER/53.0 IP) and .191 (36-for-188) batting average against in 47 appearances with Chattanooga. His earned run average ranks eighth among Southern League pitchers (minimum 50.0 IP). Garate’s 56 strikeouts rank tied for ninth among full-time relievers in the circuit and his 9.51 strikeouts per 9.0 innings rank sixth (minimum 50.0 IP). He has stranded 17 of 21 inherited runners in ‘09.
The 24-year-old is 23-7 with 15 saves and a 3.25 ERA in five professional seasons. With 404 strikeouts in 315.1 innings pitched, Garate has posted 11.53 strikeouts per 9.0 innings during his career. He was rated among the Dodgers’ Top 25 prospects by Baseball America entering the ‘09 season.

Charlie Slowes initially stated Garate was PTBNL in Belliard deal but then corrected himself and said he was not the PTBNL. Trying to get the story correct.

A quick scouting report from Dodger Thoughts

Acquired in the minor-league Rule 5 draft in December 2007, the Dodgers converted Garate from relief to starting, and he sailed through Low-A Great Lakes with a 1.05 ERA and 103 strikeouts against 92 baserunners in 77 2/3 innings. On July 5, he tied Clayton Kerhsaw’s Loons record with 12 strikeouts in a game. He was roughed up a bit after a promotion to Inland Empire, but I like his chances to taste the bigs by the end of 2010.
  1. #1 by cjrugger - September 2nd, 2009 at 15:50


    are we sure we only traded belliard?

  2. #2 by markfd - September 2nd, 2009 at 15:58

    Welcome Victor, good luck, nice deal by Rizzo!

  3. #3 by ‘Nats fan in NJ - September 2nd, 2009 at 16:01

    Nice deal. These 2 kids for one month of Belliard? Excellent trade…

  4. #4 by DeclanPK - September 2nd, 2009 at 17:25

    Speaking of PsTBNL, have the Nats received a player from the Padres in return for Mike O’Connor, or was that compensation contingent — and therefore no longer forthcoming given that O’Connor lasted less than a month in the Padres organization.

  5. #5 by Greg - September 2nd, 2009 at 17:48

    Nice. Senators bullpen quickly approaching filthy status.

  6. #6 by expo_ram - September 2nd, 2009 at 18:19

    Clearing waivers is a little misleading since we have first claim on him (since he is from an NL team) due to our record.

    Or am I crazy?

    Also, do we get first claim on ALL players, or once we use one claim we bump down the list?

  7. #7 by Brian Oliver - September 2nd, 2009 at 18:20

    Apparently the Nats did get Garate to complete the Belliard deal

    and expo_ram, the Nats have first crack at players on waivers in the NL

  8. #8 by Ted L - September 2nd, 2009 at 19:38

    He’s been used as both a starter and reliever, do we know what the Nationals want to do with him? BA calls him a “poor man’s Brian Fuentes.” Pretty high praise, but is he that good? How close is he to major league ready?

  9. #9 by peric - September 2nd, 2009 at 21:10

    Looks like they will have “first crack” again next year … and at the rule 5’s?

  10. #10 by Positively Half St. - September 3rd, 2009 at 08:03

    It will be nice to know that we will look at more than players from the Reds this time.

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